Margot Parker MEP has backed the worldwide day of zero tolerance on FGM. The UKIP MEP and the party’s spokesman for Women and Equalities supported the United Nations call for more action to end the “barbaric practice.”
The day of action follows reports by Plan International UK that between April 2015 and March last year, doctors assessed 8,656 cases and recorded thousands of new historic cases.
Margot said: “FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including if girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture. Despite robust legislation existing to stop this abuse from occurring, there has not been a single conviction in all that time.
“There is no religious requirement for girls to undergo FGM, so even that flimsiest of excuses is absent.
“This is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities.
“The practice is barbaric and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned.
“I support the United Nations call and the campaigns to end this practice and end it quickly.”
She called for better education, using the law in a more robust manner, better support networks and the message to be hammered home at schools, mosques, community centres and every other possible venue regardless of concerns about offending someone's 'culture'.
Only last week she called on Ealing Council to continue its funding of the Acton FGM Clinic, which faces closures.
Margot will also speak about FGM at the UKIP annual spring conference in Bolton on Friday, February 17.